Samsung’s Galaxy Note device is expected to launch in August, adding another smartphone to the company’s 2016 flagship portfolio.
By default, the next Note should be called the Note 6 but rumour has it Samsung will be skipping the 6 and heading straight for 7 instead. This is apparently to allow the next Note to fall in line with the Samsung flagships that have already launched this year – the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Read on to find out how the Galaxy Note 7 compares to the Note 5 and the Note4, based on the rumours.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4: Design
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 measures 153.2 x 76.2 x 7.6mm and hits the scales at 171g. Although it still very much looks like a Note device, the Note 5 is more refined than its predecessors, falling more in line with the Galaxy S6 devices and tying the flagships together.
The Note 4 measures 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm and weighs 176g, making it slightly larger and heavier than the Note 5. Both devices offer the S Pen Stylus and they both have a similar rectangular builds that distinguishes them as a Note device.
The Note 7 is rumoured to be measure 153.5mm x 73.9mm x 7.9mm, based on some leaked blueprints, which puts it at a similar size to the Note 5. Reports suggest IP68 water and dust resistance will be added to the party, and the new Note will follow in the path of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in terms of designs.
Some rumours claim Samsung will offer just a dual-edge model of the new Note, while others have said there will be curved and flat models. A dual-edge model only would mean a step away from the traditional Note design cues but you can be almost certain there will be an S Pen in some form to help distinguish the new device as a Note.
Both the Note 4 and the Note 5 have fingerprint sensors on board, so we’d expect to see some kind of security scanner for the Note 7 too. More and more rumours claim Samsung will opt for an iris scanner for the Note 7 but we will have to wait and see for now.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4: Display
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution for a pixel density of 515ppi. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4.
The Note 4 also features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HDresolution for the same pixel density of 515ppi. Gorilla Glass 3 is on board for protection against scratches.
Some rumours have claimed the Note 7 will up the screen size to 5.8-inches, while others have said it will stick to 5.7-inches. The same Super AMOLED technology is said to be present regardless of size though, as is the Quad HDresolution.
If the size is increased, it would mean a slightly lower pixel density of 501ppi compared to the Note 4 and Note 5 but this wouldn’t be noticeable to the human eye.
As we mentioned previously, the Note 7 could be coming with a dual-edged display over a flat one though, or both. If this is the case, it would differentiate the Note 7 significantly from its predecessors, especially if only dual-edged appears, putting it more in line with the Galaxy S6 edge+ that launched in the UK last year instead of the Note 5.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4: Cameras
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features a 16-megapixel rear camera coupled with a 5-megapixel front snapper, both of which have an aperture of f/1.9. The main camera offers auto focus, 8x digital optic zoom and it is capable of 4K videorecording.
The Note 4 also has a 16-megapixel rear camera that is also capable of 4K videorecording and auto focus is also on board again. The front camera has a slightly lower resolution of 3.7-megapixels compared to the Note 5.
The rumours claim the Note 7 will arrive with a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. Although a 12-megapixel snapper would be a lower resolution than both the Note 4 and the Note 5, it isn’t all about megapixels when it comes to smartphone camera performance.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge both come with a 12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera, both offering an aperture of f/1.7 so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the same for the next Note 7. This should result in better low light images than both the Note 5 and Note 4.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4: Hardware
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes in 32GB and 64GB models, both of which have 4GB of RAM. Neither offers microSD storage expansion. An octa-core Exynos processor runs the show, coupled with a 3000mAh battery.
The Note 4 has 32GB of internal memory but there is microSD support on board for storage expansion up to 128GB. A quad-core chip is under the hood, coupled with 3GB of RAM and a battery capacity of 3220mAh.
There have been a couple of different rumours surrounding the Note 7’s hardware. Word has it a Qualcomm or Exynos chipset will be on board depending on the region, which is the same as the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. There have also been reports of both 6GB and 8GB of RAM.
Storage options for the Note 7 have been touted as 64GB and 128GB, but 256GB has also been thrown around. MicroSD has been mentioned in one report, suggesting it might make a comeback for the next Note, as it did for the S7 and S7 edge.
There have been mixed reports regarding the Note 7’s battery, with 4000mAh, 4200mAh and 3600mAh all mentioned so either way, there should be an improvement on the Note 4 and Note 5. USB Type-C has also been suggested, something that the S7 and S7 edge both missed off their spec sheets.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4: Conclusion
Based on the rumours, it looks like the Samsung Note 7 could offer a slightly larger display than its predecessors, along with a more exciting curved design.
You can also expect to see improvements in the camera department and more powerful hardware including a larger battery capacity and extra RAM.
Everything is speculation for now though. We will update this feature as more rumours appear, as well as when the official specs for the Note 7 arrive. To read everything we know so far about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, you can head to our rumour round up.